A graduation ceremony was held on September 3, 2015 for the first class in the SVCC Machining Skills Certification Program based at the Southside Virginia Education Center location in Greensville County. A total of eight transitioning active duty soldiers and veterans associated with Fort Lee, Virginia completed the course and obtained five industry certifications through the program.
The program is a collaboration amongst, Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC), the Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing (C-CAM), the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), the Crater Regional Workforce Investment Board (Crater WIB), the Fort Lee Soldier for Life Program and 180 Skills, an online career and technical education curriculum provider.
Bruce Sobczak, Director of Workforce Development for the Commonwealth Center for Manufacturing, talked about how the program came to fruition calling it “First Say Yes, a story of innovative collaboration.” He talked about all the partners that joined forces to make the program a success despite some obstacles. Students in the program completed 162 online modules plus 300-plus hours of lab work.
Command Sargent Major Clarence Richardson noted that the program is great for the military as it downsizes.
“This Is a great opportunity to take care of our service men and women and it means a lot to us,” he said.
Certificates were presented to the graduates by Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President. The graduates are Tyler Burgan, Nakia Chambliss, Bradley Doke, J’nai Foreman, John King, Javier Lopez, Decorress Parrott and Anthony Rivera.
Douglas Beaver, instructor for the Machining Program said, “Many of our students are continuing with the second part of the Program while working in the field. The average hourly wage is $16.93 per hour.”
Those successfully completing the Southside Virginia Community College Machining Skills Certification Program were recognized September 3, 2015 at a ceremony at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Greensville, County. They are (Left to Right) Nakia Chambliss, John King, J'nai Foreman, Bradley Doke, Tyler Burgan, Javier Lopez and Decorress Parrott. Another graduate, Anthony Rivera, was unable to attend.
Presenting the certificates are (Left to Right) Evan Feniman, Executive Director, Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, Dr. Al Roberts, SVCC President, with J'nai Foreman, and Sergeant Major Clarence Richardson.